Over 50 Million Users Affected

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The best way for users to protect themselves is to remove all data from profiles, close the accounts, and manually remove the Google+ app from their devices as soon as possible. Google said it delayed the release of the information because it was initially uncertain about which users were affected or that the data had been misused.

Google said the bug allowed apps -which were granted permission to view Google+ profile data- to incorrectly receive permission to view profile information that the user had set to "not-public". The personal information that was exposed was from people's Google+ profiles, including names, ages and occupations.

On Monday, Google made another announcement about another bug that was in a November software update.

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Still, this is just one more nail in the coffin for G+. Google said at the time that it would shut down the Google+ social networking service to consumers because of the "significant challenges" it faced in meeting users' privacy expectations.

Google has found another bug in its Google+ social network that it says affects as many as 52.5 million users.

Going forward, Google plans to shutter the Google+ 3rd party accessible API's in the next 90 days and eventually turn out the lights to the consumer facing portion of the platform in April 2019 instead of the August 2019 date it revealed after the first breach. "We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced".

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No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the developers who inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way. Google will be notifying registered users about the change, and given them information on how to extract any data they might want to keep. Monday's post didn't say how numerous affected users were consumers versus enterprise customers.

"In addition, apps with access to a user's Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly", Google added.

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